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.1%. doug mckelway live at the white house with more. doug? >> reporter: hey, jon, these new unemployment numbers obviously coming as tremendously welcome news to an obama campaign that is still reeling from what most now agree was a lackluster debate performance last month. in fairfax, virginia, at george mason university, the president departed from his standard stump speech to tout these new numbers. here he is just moments ago. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. [cheers and applause] because of your strength and resilience, the strength and resilience of the american people, we've made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> reporter: but behind these apparently encouraging unemployment numbers are some very confusing and conflicting statistics. the number of unemployed dropped 456,000 last month while only 11,000 new jobs were added, so that leaves 342,000 people kind of up in the air. did t
's where malarkey came in. doug mcelway is live in washington. we have our own fact checkers. i would never use that word on any of your reports. >> so i can state for the record i didn't do the fact checking, that would be malarkey. it was our brain room that did the fact checking from last night. last night's debate focused heavily on entitlements prompting paul ryan to attack obamacare for costing harm to seniors who use medicare advantage. >> 7.4 million seniors are projected to lose the medicare advantage coverage they have, that is a $3,200 medicare cut. >> true or you false? it is true. they wrote, quote, we estimate in 2017 when the medicare advantage provisions will be fully phased in enrollment in medicare advantage plans will be lower by about 50% from it's projected level of 14.8 million under the prior law to 7.4 million under the new law. all right. moving along now. another statement to fact check from paul ryan regarding this often repeated romney campaign contention that obamacare takes $716 billion away from medicare. listen up. >> obama care takes $716 billion from medica
maker that got some 250 million tax dollars is filing for bankruptcy. and doug mcelway has more for us from washington on this. >> reporter: the name of the company is a123, a waltham, massachusetts outfit that specializes in lithium ion batteries. it built three plants in 2010 to take advantage of the state's huge tax breaks for battery manufacturers. vice president joe biden hailed the $249 million tax grant to the company. he said with recovery act projects like this we are starting to turn the page on a decade of failed economic policies, end quote. president obama phoned the company at a 2010 celebration. >> i am calling to congratulate a123 systems on this tremendous milestone. as you said thanks to the recovery act, you guys are the first american factory to start high volume production of advanced vehicle batteries. i met with david and some of the a123 team here in the white house back in april, and it's incredibly exciting to see ho*uf you guys have come since we announced these grants just over a year ago. >> reporter: despite hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer supp
the affects of the healthcare law. doug abg elway live i abg mcelway live in washington with more on this. >> reporter: quite a contention by issa that this demonstration project is being used to buy the election. here is why issa believes that. the obama administration and hhs through $8.35 billion into this medicare advantage demonstration project. that money has the os sentencible affect of postponing the first round of cuts to medicare advantage that obamacare would impose. is it really a demonstration project? it's costing more than the combined 85 previous demonstration projects before it. in effect propping up medicare advantage, issa contends, so seniors won't see the cuts coming to it. keep in mind that a center piece of the romney campaign is that obamacare imposes $716 billion in cuts to medicare. >> what's important about this is the money they are taking, they are taking out of nowhere. this is not appropriated money, this is money that bypasses congress and just allows secretary sebelius, by calling this what she is calling this to spend $8.3 billion to basically buy an elec
at a conference in 2010. doug mckelway is following it arrive in washington. doug? >> gregg, one of the features of that conference in orlando last year was the presentation of a parody film, a takeoff on the classic "patton." it was designed to motivate va employees. here's a snippet of the film. >> one of the worse mistakes you can make in carrying out your mission is getting the idea in your head that stability is a virtue. stability is not a virtue, it's a trap. it means you're holding your own, you're standing still. >> reporter: the film goes on with interviews of va employees and beneficiaries. it cost $52,000 to produce that little 15-minute film. it was shown only twice. yet that price tag is only a fraction of the cost of the overall conference. the va billed taxpayers over $5 million for the conference, that's more than five times what that notorious xsa conference -- gsa conference in vegas cost. what's more, just as with the gsa, the va inspect general's report found investigators were lousy at keeping track of their expenses. quote: >> reporter: a day before this damaging ig report
was actually accurate? doug mckelway live in washington with a fact check for us. >> reporter: good morning, jon. there was a lot of loose play with the facts. let's start with questioner candy crowley permitted. >> in what ways you do intend to correct in the workplace, females making 72% what they earned. >> reporter: that 72% figure is a myth endured for years. the census bureau admitted as much last month. >> we don't have a way to measure equal pay for equal work. we compare full-time earnings for year-round work between men and women. >> reporter: in fact census data are a rough measure of women's wages versus all men wages without kind of jobs they choose to accommodate needs for families. a fact challenge that came up regarding taxes. >> he was on "60 minutes" just two weeks ago and he was asked, is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver, somebody making $50,000 a year? and he said yes, i think that's fair. >> reporter: the president there is comparing romney's investment income tax to payroll taxes for that bus
. doug mckelway is live at the white house with more on this. doug, we actually had a reporter from new hampshire this week say he really saw happen in the state of new hampshire. democrats really focusing on social issues. how is this turn working for the obama campaign? >> reporter: well, jenna, face it, the number one issue facing americans is the economy, but that is an issue upon which the president is very, very vulnerable. that is the reason, many analysts say, that the obama campaign is now turning to these social issues, and key among them, of course, is the so-called war on women. a linchpin of the so of called war on women is the right to abortion. it's one of the reasons that at that campaign rally at george may john university in suburban virginia, he has chosen to introduce him cecile richards of planned parenthood, and it is no coincidence she is also being featured in a new web ad released by the campaign today. here's a little bit of that. >> since day one president obama has stood with women. the very first bill he signed was the lily ledbetter fair pay act allowing us
to build on his momentum coming out of that first debate. doug mcelway live in washington with a preview. >> reporter: good afternoon. the thinking is the president really needs to make a stronger case for his second term after what is regarded as a poor performance during the first presidential debate. with numerous polls showing the race is a dead heat and the momentum shifting to the romney-ryan ticket the president needs to make a strong showing tomorrow night but that is harder to do in a town hall format, where undecided voters picked the gallop organization ask the questions. if it is too aggressive it can be off putting to the questioners and viewers. david objection he elro axelrod will be aggressive in making the case for where the country should go. >> we saw governor romney sort of walk away from his own proposals, and certainly the president is going to be willing to challenge him on it, as we saw the vice president challenge paul ryan. >> reporter: but that is going to work both ways. look for governor romney to challenge the president on the administration's shifting respo
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